[Pythonmac-SIG] Mac Python and eggs...
bob at redivi.com
Tue Jan 24 20:20:31 CET 2006
On Jan 24, 2006, at 11:08 AM, Christopher Barker wrote:
> Bob Ippolito wrote:
>> You REALLY should read the docs.
> Of course I should, and I did. I also did my floundering until I
> identified the problem before asking for help here. My comment here
> bringing up the question of how, on OS-X, we want to recommend people
> deal with having installed scripts on their $PATH.
> However, this whole discussion started because I thought we wanted to
> have an easy way for newbies to find and install packages on OS-X.
> has not be easy for me so far, and I am neither an OS-X nor a *nix
> newbie. If it was just me, I'd just run the setup.py scripts that come
> with the packages and be done with it, but I want to help out the
> community, as well as having a standard approach to point my
> colleagues to.
If you ran the setup.py script that came with the packages, the
scripts would get installed to the same place.
> The only thing it says there about installing the easy_install
> script is:
> "An easy_install script will be installed in the normal location for
> Python scripts on your platform."
And it did.
> You've seen me on this list for years, and I have NEVER noticed
> before. I have had scripts installed in /usr/local/bin. (probably from
> mpkgs put together by Bob)
> So, the question is:
> What should "standard Practice" be for handling scripts installed by
> easy-install (and distutils, I suppose). I see a couple options so
> * Advise people to put:
> on their PATH.
> * Have people put symlinks to scripts in there in their PATH.
> * Follow Charlie's suggestion:
> Create a ~/.pydistutils.cfg file with:
> script_dir = /usr/local/bin
There's a fourth suggestion which installs to your homedir instead of
globally. That's documented in the EasyInstall documentation. Very
close to Charlie's suggestion:
install_lib = ~/Library/Python$py_version_short/site-packages
install_scripts = ~/bin
> By the way, I didn't see any mention of the script_dir value in the
> Easy_Install doc.
It's mentioned at least three times in the custom installations section.
> None of those options are particularly newbie-friendly.
> * Change the default script_dir in the "official unofficial" Framework
> builds to /usr/local/bin
> That's more newbie-friendly, but I'm sure has lots of other problems.
Yeah. Either way, this is the fault of the framework Python, not
setuptools. It's just inheriting this behavior from distutils.
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